Trapped for hours in socially un-distanced chaos, Southwest Airlines leaves their passengers up in the air without a flight—or a contingency plan.
These days it is easy to become cynical, but I take inspiration from leaders who identify seemingly intractable problems and work to bring people together to make our world better–and safer. Here is a great example of that.
For me, the sum of Dwight Eisenhower’s professional and personal life will always be linked to September. Within the month there lies a symbol of his leadership and accomplishments, as well as a tragic story of his greatest loss.
During World War II, even during the most dangerous and bloody periods of the fighting, people understood the critical importance of relaxation and fun.
I sat, uninterrupted, for what turned out to be hours, reading a book written long ago. During that time, I got the closest I have come, in these last ten months, to a sense of peace.
Reflection has brought me to one observation that both hurts and inspires. This year, as we grasped for signs of leadership and courage, it appeared that it came mostly from those in subordinate positions of power. And they had the most to lose.
It seems like a perfect storm has overcome our country, but we should not despair. From history we can find inspiration in cases where our leaders addressed times of crisis in ways that inspired confidence.